Skip to main content

Full text of "Further Sources Of Vijayanagara History"

See other formats

Baboji Pant of Bhaganagarain.* The GajapatI distributed
presents to Brahnians at the conclusion of his daily worship
and dismissed them. Next, he proceeded to the dining hall
wKere he dined in the company of his relations. Then he
recited the verses of the abridged Ramayana, walking up and
down in the palace. Having put on his clothes and jewels, he
went to the hall of audience, where he held a durbar surrounded
bv his officials, nobles, and the sthanapatis representing the
other courts. While he was engaged in a conversation with
the sixteen Patras and the foreign ambassadors, he received
letters from Niladri Pant (the sthanapati of) the Nizam !§alni as
well as the stkanapatis of Yedula ^ahu and Kutapana Malaka.
They stated explicitly that {the king of Karnataka, having
gathered the fourfold army for the purpose of waging war, has
come out i^of his capital) and desires to make his appearance on
the frontier. (The Nizam Shah and the other Muslim chiefs)
used to render you assistance in the past, when Your Majesty
had to fight against the chiefs of the north and the south. In
great emergencies such as the war with the people of Agha-
pura, all of us would unite together and direct the affairs
jointly. There is nothing so serious now, (to necessitate joint
action). Surely Your Majesty is on the frontier and nowhere
else. As Yedula Sahu and Klutapana Malaka are strong in
their frontier defences, they need not be anxious. If anything
beyond the strength of their frontier defences happens, they
are prepared to come as far as Ahamadunagaram.f
* This list Q$stknri5patit who are alleged to have been present at the court of the
Gajapati is not genuine. la the first place, the manner ia which the names of the
st&fa&paiis and thoee of the states or the kings -whom they represent rhyme with each, other
creates a suspicion in the mind that the chronicler had freely drawn upon his imagination
In choosing the names of the sthantipatis. Secondly, the author duplicates the names of
certain states, (*.£•,, Golkoc^a and BhagSnagara). Thirdly, he includes in his list a
stnZnapaii of ICataka. Now, Kanaka ^as the capital of the Gajapati. It is incompre-
hensible why he should have his ambassador at his own court. Lastly, Bhaganagaxa which
is said to have sent a representative was not then in existence. It was founded about
A. D. 1581 by Muhammad Quly Qutb Shah in honour of his mistress Bhagamaty. This
shows clearly that the Rfiyavacakam must have been written some time after the foundation
of Bhaganagara i.e., after A, D, 1581.
fTbis cannot be the same as Ahmadnagar, the capital of the Nizam ShShi tings,
According to the Raywacakam and the Krynar'aya^ija^am^ Krsnaraya attacked a Muham-
madan garrison town of the name of Afcamadtmagarsua iji th« neighbourhood o:
Probably thi* refers to the same place.